Louisville coach Bobby Petrino says freshman backup quarterback Reggie Bonnafon will miss Saturday's game at Florida International to be with family after the death of his father.
Wallace Bonnafon died Monday of heart failure. His son did not practice on Tuesday, and Petrino said during a Wednesday conference call that the Louisville native will not travel with the Cardinals (2-1) because of weekend funeral arrangements.
Petrino said, "We won't have Reggie this week. It's a very tough situation for him and his family, something that caught him a little bit off guard. The plans are they're going to have the showing on Friday and the funeral on Saturday, so he's just going to focus on helping his mom and the rest of his family."
Adam Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2½-game edge in the NL Central.
Wainwright (19-9) worked around seven hits and tied for the major league lead in wins and shutouts.
St. Louis has won four of five and kept its advantage over second-place Pittsburgh. Milwaukee dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card spot.
Mike Fiers (6-3) held the Cardinals hitless until Wainwright singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth. It was Fiers' first start since beaning Miami's Giancarlo Stanton last week, ending his season.
Kyle Hendricks kept up his impressive rookie season, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Wednesday night for a sweep.
Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish and Luis Valbuena each had a run-scoring hit as the Cubs won their third straight. They improved to 38-36 at Wrigley Field despite being 16 games under .500 overall.
The Reds have dropped four in a row overall. They scored just one run in the three-game series against the Cubs, and were held to one hit in a shutout loss Tuesday night.
Hendricks (7-2) allowed one run and seven hits. He walked none, struck out four and left with a 2.28 ERA.
Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances.
Daniel Corcino (0-1) lost in his second big league start.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker is coming off a game in which Tennessee's offense couldn't have been much worse in the first half, and he says that's on him.
His coach and his teammates think Locker is taking too much of the blame.
Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday that Locker missed on a couple throws but the Titans coach has seen other NFL quarterbacks turn in ugly performances. Whisenhunt likes how Locker bounced back in the second half, crucial for a quarterback playing for a new contract in the final year of his rookie deal.
Locker started the season strong with a win in one of his best games.
Now both he and the Titans (1-1) need to make sure they're all on the same page before visiting Cincinnati (2-0) on Sunday.
Three runs scored on Christian Bethancourt's single in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday night and preserve their fading playoff hopes.
The Braves, who snapped a five-game losing streak, began the day 5 ½ games behind Pittsburgh for the second NL wild card.
Steven Souza Jr. hit his first career homer for the Nationals. Washington manager Matt Williams gave his regulars a day off one day after the Nationals clinched the NL East title.
Alex Wood (11-10) allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 44th save, his first since Sept. 6.